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>> rebel fighters are leaving timbuktu as the french and other soldiers retake part of the city. you are watching al-jazeera live. also ahead, more protests in egypt after the president declares a state of a emergency in three cities. mourning the death of 230 people killed in a nightclub fire. and plucked to safety from floods in australia, helicopter crews are saving young and old.
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the french army says that paratroopers have taken control of the northern part of the city of timbuktu. special forces parachuted down to check on checkpoints on key access routes to the city. jackie is with the french army at timbuktu airport. how significant is this all, jackie? >> in terms of capturing timbuktu, it would appear to be the beginning of the end. late on sunday, as you mentioned, paratroopers landed in the more rigid in the north. they really are consolidating their hold, not just on the airport, but on the area around it. the information that we are getting is that we will not see
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advanced bother from the airport for a few hours yet. in terms of getting information on what is happening inside the city itself, we have some exclusive pictures from inside timbuktu that show rebel fighters leaving the city. a short while ago the man described himself as the third deputy mayor of timbuktu. not sure what happened to the mayor had -- to the mayor himself. he gave a very positive version of what is happening in the city, but all accounts need to be treated with a certain amount of caution. let's have a look at the events leading up to the french offensive against timbuktu. >> boosted by news of their gains in the east, french troops pushed north, towards timbuktu. entire villages, entire towns lined the roadside.
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greeting their french liberators. we came across a compound that had been used by al qaeda rebels. local people say that there were about 20 of them. and that they left in a hurry. >> when the attack started, they all fled. >> elsewhere we found no signs of a fight. it seems the rebels simply fled when they got word that the french were approaching. french units have been massing to the southwest of timbuktu. after traveling through on saturday night, there is now a pause. it is clear that they are preparing to advance on this key stronghold. >> the strategies have been the same in each town. troops from mali go first,
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closely followed by french forces. they want to create the impression that this is the mongolian government retaking towns and not a foreign army conquering them. >> the army needs to win the confidence of ordinary people. when the rebels took over the north, the army simply ran away. the french involvement has changed everything. >> it has been very difficult, we need a lot of logistical support and help with intelligence and communications. this is what we need to finish this operation. >> this group as a prisoner. they say that he is a rebel. the army has been accused of summary executions. they lead the prisoner away. senior french officers commanding the operations fly to the front lines. they have come to give the
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troops there final briefing. >> many of the rebels have left and have told al-jazeera that they will return. do you know where they have banished to and in what capacity they will come back? >> i think that whether they will comeback is partly to the extent that they have grass- roots support in timbuktu itself. it also depends on the 6000 strong african forces meant to be assembling in mali. the french hold the territory that they have been going over. where they have disappeared to, we are still only really entering the north. there are still vast tracts to the north. the algerians said that they had enclosed their border, aware
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that it was still fairly porous. the rebels appear to have slipped over. the question of whether they will come back or if other fighters will get the agenda depends much on the long-term security of this country and whether the army of mali can become strong and inspire the confidence of the whole population. not just the black africans, but the people of lighter color, arabs to the north. >> thank you very much. fights between egyptian police and protesters in central cairo. the president announced on sunday states of emergencies and curfews in three cities to try to stop the unrest. joining us mike, live from cairo. what happened in that fatal incident, mike? >> we are not sure of the exact specifics, but we do know that
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for the past five days there have been an ongoing series of skirmishes in the streets around the square, particularly those leading to the interior ministry, which has always been a particular target of anti- government protesters. the ministry itself barricaded itself for a number of months. those skirmishes have been ongoing for the past five days. there was one previous death reported in the past five skirmishes and now we have another. these sporadic clashes have been happening since the second anniversary of the revolution in various parts of cairo, generally very specific areas where protests have been flaring up and there has been teargas thrown by police with yet another fatality for those kinds of sporadic events within the city itself. >> of course, the government is
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concerned, the president has called on opposition leaders to talk. are they likely to get round the table? >> that is the key question. mohammed morsi has set a time, 6:00 this evening, and 11 political movements have been invited. now a few have indicated that they will be attending these talks as the opposition national salvation front is deciding at the moment whether or not it will attend. there has been a call for national dialogue in the past. they have been rejected, generally. what we do have as well as a number of organizations and movements invited to today's talks, with free conditions being set amongst the preconditions. one of them being that president morsi and his government have -- be the first to accept the violence that has been seen over
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the last five days. it is unknown who will be attending and how representative the grouping of opposition forces will be sitting down across the table from the president. >> it is quite interesting that the three cities that he has targeted for these emergency launches, he is clearly concerned about the economic impact this is having on the country. >> that is one of the many things being speculated in the wake of this specific declaration of the state of emergency. certainly the violence has been most intense there, and to a certain extent in [indiscernible] , but the addition there has given rise to the speculation that you are looking at a secret of cities that are important economically to egypt and obviously play a major role in terms of traffic through the canal.
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there is a degree of sympathy among some that these particular areas have been singled out because of the economic impact of the ongoing violence on the country's economy as a whole. those supporting the point of view do point to the ongoing incidence of conflict within cities like cairo, not included within the declaration of state of emergency. there are questions and perhaps the specific selection of these areas because of their geographic location and economic support of the country as a whole. >> thank you. syrian opposition activists are reporting government shelling in different parts of the country. they say that the military is attacking cities in the suburbs of the capital, damascus. three people have died in floods
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in eastern australia, hundreds of homes have been submerged and thousands more are at risk after heavy rain from tropical cyclone oz wald. >> this car is like a fast disappearing island in the rising flood water. the passengers mated to a helicopter rescue, but the problem is the baby is too small to get onto the windshield and the danger of the rescuer holding on to the child was too great. the only option is to put him into a waterproof bag. he is pulled up and on board, terrified but alive. queensland floods were described as a once in a century event, but once again normally placid rivers have turned into raging torrents. homes and businesses are under water with emergency evacuations from of. >> it is horrible. it takes someone yelling out to
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come and save us. people with children on their windowsills yelling out. >> we have got nothing left. our children have lost everything in 24 hours. >> the town worst hit, thunderbird -- underburg. the gold coast, named for its normally super weather, is being battered. they are bracing again as inland floodwaters had towards the city. gradually, the weather is moving south towards the biggest city in australia. >> barely two weeks ago i was in the same spot talking about forest fires and the extreme heat in city -- sydney. what a contrast. somewhere in the the worst of the weather has not even hit.
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andrew thomas, al-jazeera. >> morning is under way in brazil. still to come, more on the latest -- the latest on the worst nightclub fire in history. want to be british? [indiscernible] >> hello again. for many of us across europe, the weather has turned much milder. at the satellite we can see a blanket of clouds, the leading edge there, working its way eastwards and turning increasingly more light winter wheat with snow coming after that. toward the west, it will stay mild with a top temperature 13 degrees in london. it will not feel mild, thanks to
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the wind and rain. towards the southeast there is plenty of unsettled weather here. including particularly intense thunderstorms currently, sticking around even as we head through tuesday. that system is also affecting us a bit further to the south as well. it really is mild for this time of year and it will be another mile day on tuesday, but the wind will be picking up. into wednesday as when we will see the wind swinging down from the north. temperatures dropping away, we are>> a new season of witness
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begins on january 28 on link tv. >> the top stories on al jazeera, protests in egypt, one man has been shot and killed. police in cairo, there is a live shot from the capital. in the fight for northern mali, french forces have captured the timbuktu airport and say that they now control the outskirts of the city, once a rebel stronghold. fighters have left their bases
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in timbuktu, saying that it is a tactical retreat to regroup, plan, and later assault more. our africa analyst comes to us from paris. thank you very much for joining us. rebel fighters are saying they are leaving, but they will be back to fight another day. can they do that? >> i think that they will return as guerrilla. in fight another day. a conventional war, they would lose. they do not have airplanes or things like that. as of the moment they may not have left completely. some of them are wearing civilian clothes.
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>> that is one thing that they seem to be able to do, vanished among the population if they want to. >> 2000 prisoners, it is just a tactical retreat. it might not be a fierce as it is now, but it is something i am afraid is here to stay. >> but if you say that they are going to return when they want to, this also suggests that that is when the french and molly troops leave in the future, we could see that as well. >> definitely. although neighboring countries have shown a lot of cooperation by trying to block their borders. but we know that their borders are porous. that there are financial difficulties for these poor countries.
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so, they can indeed come back and it is a problem. the population might be better prepared to identify and spot them when they tried to regroup. >> what needs to be done to make sure that they do not? >> what needs to be done is to go to the root of the problem. why did they manage to organize themselves in such a way? a development problem and corruption problem, moving around in an area for years, organizing themselves it was a borderline between the military and is long, why did it occur? why did the islamists manage to get the tribes out of the picture?
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unless they are address, the problem is in different forms using the area that is so huge, in large part, -- >> do you think that if the french overstay their welcome, it could play into the hands? >> indeed. especially since the french have said that it would be as long as necessary without setting a date the date took really. it is a potential problem. in a couple of years, when things return to normal, people are going to think about it.
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sentiment from muslim countries, egypt and tunisia, is marched defensively and they be shared by some people. >> very good talking to you. thank you very much. >> thank you for having me. >> the talks to resolve the crisis in the east of the democratic for cut -- democratic republic of congo have collapsed. the deal was apparently blocked by south africa. not everyone had seen the framework document. funerals are due to begin in brazil after one of the worst night club fires in history. gabrielle is live for us. this must be the most awful and
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depressing atmosphere. >> it is. let me try to paint a picture for you. this is a side street of a point college town. behind me there is a gymnasium inside of a football pitch. on any other day there might be recreational games going on, but right now it is a morgue. i counted 10 caskets, these of the bodies from the over 230 people that were killed. family members just weeping over the caskets. it is a somber scene, quiet as everyone is just trying to come to grips with what happened. >> what has actually happened?
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we have heard that fireworks may have caused this. that they have banned people from leaving. >> actually happened? we have the investigation is certainly on going. we are just a little over 24 hours since this happened, but what we have so far based on eyewitness accounts, number one, the facility was overcrowded. way over crowded by any estimate. eighth layer shot by one of the band members -- of player shot by one of the band members hit the roof of the night club and hit insulation foam, causing toxic fumes, making the situation even worse. caught as is certainly on we have been reporting, some of the security guards might have initially shut the door, preventing the initial
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rush of people from exiting the nightclub. certainly this is all going to be investigated, but it might have been one of the key triggering points in all of this that led to over 230 people dead. again, the three points seem to be what investigators are focusing most intently on at this point. primarily, why did the security guards shut the doors as the pandemonium was going on in the initial stages them of beazer things that we really cannot speculate on, but certainly investigators are getting deep into the investigation and it will only get more advanced as the hours and days go on. >> this investigation is going to be pretty important. brazil is going to be the home to many international games, coming up.
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security needs to be one of the crime concerns on top of the agenda. >> absolutely. we are in the city of santa maria, a three hour drive from where i am asked, one of the world cup cities. did this tragedy relate to the world cup? no, it did not. but in the long-term and medium- term it will be looked at in terms of life of security. certainly this is one to be looked at at the highest levels. the president was here yesterday, showing you how high up in the government this has been taken. >> thank you so much. in the dominican republic, shot seven wired as rival political
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factions shot each other. eight were injured by gunfire in the capital. the members were expelled from the opposition of the revolutionary party. there will be a new test coming for british citizenship, a guidebook on behavior and culture, and asking questions about who's monument is where. >> what is britishness than not it is about cultural icons, according to the new manual. it is about big ben and the queen. it is about shakespeare and a sense of british values and identity. to gain citizenship, each applicant will have to answer 24 questions based on the contents of the guidebook. questions include -- which prehistoric monument still stands in the country of wilshire? the answer is stonehenge.
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which admiral died in 1895 in battle and has a monument in [indiscernible] square? the answer is that nelson. in many ways it says volumes about how the british see themselves. historical and military successes are highlighted. there is political influence here as well. the labor government describes the former conservative prime minister, margaret expelled from the opposition of the revolutionary party. there will be a new test coming for british thatcher, as a divisive figure. but with conservatives back in charge, the new version of the guide describes her as a important economic reformer. echo the relative simplicity of the test comes one year after which the u.k. government significantly increase the obstacles to those wishing to
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settle in britain. the number people applying for citizenship last year was up by 3%. brit, you havee g to know who jane austen is and her less popular novel is celebrating its 200th anniversary this week. we have more on why this classic has never gone out of print. >> pain austin was so proud of the novel, she called and her darling child. darling child.
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